The Smart Home Has Been Built Into Boats for 50 Years.

Zach Lyman for GreenTechMedia:  For over two millennia, the marine industry has been a focal point of human innovation. This was by necessity; innovations in aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, navigation, system resiliency, space optimization and others have all improved crew health and survival rates, sped global trade and generally helped ensure we didn’t sail off the edge of the earth.

Marine systems have been proven via relentless iteration to satisfy society’s desire for adventure, exploration and expansion. They have taken us to the farthest reaches of our known world and brought us safely back again.

Custom-built yachts have always been a luxury of the wealthy. They likely always will be. Boat-building is a bespoke industry that emphasizes individuality and craftsmanship over scale and affordability. Yet luxury and premium products have an incredibly important role to play in our rapidly changing world. A startling amount of innovation occurs when price is no object and there is total independence to dream big.  Cont'd...

CE Week NY to Feature Record Number of Hi-Tech Product Debuts

Now in its ninth year, the show caters to media, retailers and tech influencers with a number of dedicated events. More than 3,000 attendees are expected at the June 22-23 event.

Vyo Is a Fascinating and Unique Take on Social Domestic Robots

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  A group of researchers including Michal Luria, Guy Hoffman, Benny Megidish, Oren Zuckerman, Roberto Aimi, and Sung Park from IDC Herzliya, Cornell, and SK Telecom have developed a prototype social robot called Vyo. Vyo is “a personal assistant serving as a centralized interface for smart home devices.” Nothing new there, but what sets Vyo apart is how you interact with it: it combines non-anthropomorphic design with anthropomorphic expressiveness and a tactile object-based control system into a social robot that’s totally, adorably different. But is it practical?  Full Article:

CENTRALITE LAUNCHES COMPANY'S FIRST CONSUMER BRAND OF CONNECTED PRODUCTS

New Strategic Direction Will Meet Consumer Demand for Company's Products While Solidifying Centralite's Standing as a Single Source for "All Things IoT"

Interactive Digital Signage 2016: Baltimore, Maryland

Interactive digital signage has lately become a common part of our lives. The market is quickly becoming dominated by interactive applications. Interactive technology solutions go far beyond touching a screen, and understanding the full potential of the technology is a must before any investment at your facility is attempted.

Holistic Labs Launches Digital Butler Taking the Guesswork out of Technical Support

Holistic Labs has spent the last four+ years creating a product and a platform called Digital Butler to address the needs of the professional installer community in delivering remote support and improved business processes. The Digital Butler includes a downloadable app running in the client home woking with our cloud to automatically create a detailed profile of every make and model of connected device as well as the connectivity status and history of those devices. Installers using this app can much more quickly and accurately troubleshoot issues without truck rolls and resolve them remotely. Built on a learning platform with an ever improving technical knowledge base of the world's CE products, the Digital Butler delivers the first brand agnostic solution to help installers be more productive and profitable across the entire customer project lifecycle.

Takes Time: Innovation is About Thinking Different, Not Copying Different

The leaps in creativity and innovation come from the shortfalls, failures you seldom hear about. As long as each failure produces a positive side effect, you know the company and the team are moving in the right direction.

First 'Invisible' Gesture Control Pad for the Smart Home Debuts to Consumers

SWIPE delivers frictionless control of your home, even from behind the wall, and is now available on Amazon and smart home retailers.

InfoComm - Crestron and Norwood Electric Select Connectrac In-Carpet Wireway for Simple, Flexible and "No Bump" Cable Management Solution for Corporate Headquarters

Connectrac wireways brought cable management and expanded AV, telecom, and data capabilities.

Control4 Appoints Bryce Judd as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales

"Jim has been instrumental in architecting and driving Control4's growth and leadership position in the CEDIA channel throughout his tenure with us"

Utelogy Certifies Global Cach's New Commercial Line of Products

Utelogy validates and certifies the Commercial Line from Global Cach which provides hardware to connect any IR, serial, and contact closure device to a WiFi and/or IP network to cost-effectively control, automate and connect everything from classrooms to boardrooms.

Igor, Inc. Announces Advanced Connected Lighting Solution

Pioneering breakthroughs led to Igor's Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) intelligent lighting solution adaptable to any LED lighting fixture. This is a solution to a problem that has prevented smart lighting from widespread adoption.

InfoComm - New Christie Mystique Previewed at InfoComm 2016

'Going Big' With Software and Services to Support the Design, Installation, and Operation of Extraordinary Experiences for Theme Parks, Sport Stadiums and Arenas

Why Nest's woes are typical of the smart home industry

Hayley Tsukayama for The Washington Post:  Tony Fadell’s decision to step down from the helm of Nest last week came as a surprise but not a big one.

The problems specific to the smart appliance company — which is owned by Google — have been well-documented. But the questions that now loom over Nest aren’t isolated to this one firm, but over the entire smart home industry in general.

Nest, after all, was supposed to be the trailblazer leading the smart home revolution. When Google put down $3.2 billion to buy it in 2014, it appeared to make sense. The company was already a fixture in consumers’ online lives, and the purchase would give Google an entry point into their offline lives. The charismatic Fadell seemed to be the right pioneer, given his product experience at Apple that he could apply to Google’s more open computing vision.  But Nest proved to be a less-than-ideal poster child.  Cont'd...

InfoComm - SunBriteTV's New 49" Outdoor Display Offers Commercial Integrators Upgraded Features Without an Upgraded Price

New Pro Series Model Introduces Larger Screen Size, Smaller Footprint, With Same Cost and Legendary SunBriteTV Durability as its Predecessor

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